I’ve never heard of rapper Travis Scott before today but he was the headlining act at a large outdoor concert in Houston yesterday called Astroworld. At some point after his show started, people in the crowd began pushing forward toward the stage, crushing those at the front until many of them passed out. Rolling Stone reports that people in the crowd desperately tried to get security to stop the show but no one would listen.
This clip shows people climbing up on a platform where a cameraman was shooting the concert. They are trying to get him to tell someone to stop the show. In any professional multi-camera shoot like this each camera person has a radio headset so they can communicate with the director. So this was actually a pretty good idea but as you can see the cameraman isn’t listening.
People even rushed the camera men, and they still continued the show. #ASTROWORLDFest pic.twitter.com/vIw4pMr7CG
— Ethan Froneberger (@LDCMOA) November 6, 2021
Another angle and you can hear what she’s saying.
It's heartbreaking to see how this unfolded … Rip to the 8 🕊️#AstroWorld pic.twitter.com/avqhPVgGME
— SportzStew Ⓥ (@sportzstewcom) November 6, 2021
But some people didn’t understand what was happening and were yelling at the people trying to stop the show.
sending prayers to everyone who went to astroworld and condolences to the family of those who lost their life 🙏🏾 ❤️ #ASTROWORLDFest #AstroWorld pic.twitter.com/uZfJWqtaeT
— DaRealPiped😷💕 (@helowkeyspittin) November 6, 2021
The woman who claims she was the person on that platform with the cameraman last night wrote a lengthy description of what happened and posted it on Instagram. I’ve pasted the content below to make it a bit easier to read. It’s pretty horrifying.
Another woman who passed out and was crowd-surfed to safety woke up in the back of the crowd on a stool. She says the medical personnel were completely incompetent and unable to perform the most basic tasks. She’s an ICU nurse so she helped take charge.
Here’s video of some people trapped against the barricades being pulled out. You can see they are squeezed so tight together that security can barely get them out.
These were the people trying to escape being trapped at #AstroWorld pic.twitter.com/bxjeVNHTAB
— Eric Daniels (@azdaniels) November 6, 2021
There’s no doubt that Travis Scott, the headliner, had some idea what was happening. At one point he interrupted the show to get security to help someone.
ppl were literally screaming bloody murder asking for help right there. #AstroWorld #ASTROFEST rip to all those who lost their life last night, it’s shouldn’t have turned out that way. pic.twitter.com/Qs3WvzmG4O
— tré⁶𓅓 (@tre5pix) November 6, 2021
But there’s also video of him standing on a tall platform watching as an unconscious person being carried out while he just keeps singing.
Disturbing video shows Travis Scott watching & singing as he watched a passed out fan in the crowd get carried away by medical personal. #ASTROWORLDFest
— TheHouseGossip (@thehousegossip) November 6, 2021
And in the back of the crowd, people were on the ground unconscious while the show kept going.
⚠️🇺🇸#URGENT: Multiple injuries reported at Astroworld Music Festival in Houston, Texas#Houston l #TX
A large medical response is underway at NRG Park for ‘several patients’. Disturbing footage from the scene shows EMS performing CPR on three patients.
Gathering more details! pic.twitter.com/5LPUHX7pnz
— Intel Point ALERT (@IntelPointAlert) November 6, 2021
Part of the problem here might be that hundreds of people stormed the gates earlier in the day, overwhelming security. So there were lots more people at this concert than tickets sold.
All you need to know: Travis Scott's Astroworld music festival mass casualty incident:
* 8 dead
* 300 were treated
* Dozens rushed to Houston hospital
* 11 were in cardiac arrest
* Concert victims include 10 years old
* Saturday event canceled
VIDEOS: https://t.co/jupLll5j7L pic.twitter.com/ye0nIPMaNj
— Insider Paper (@TheInsiderPaper) November 6, 2021
Here’s another mass of people stampeding the VIP entrance. This concert was out of control long before the headliner came on stage. Stick to the end of this one where cops on horseback finally hold people back. It looks like a border crossing in Del Rio.
As we were arriving to the Astroworld Festival at NRG Park right at 2:00, a stampede burst through the gates. Hundreds of people destroyed the VIP security entrance, bypassing the checkpoint. People were trampled. Some were detained.
(Excuse any language you may hear) pic.twitter.com/d0m2rjqAAk
— Mycah Hatfield (@MycahABC13) November 5, 2021
Here’s one more first-hand account from Instagram. This guy is apparently an aspiring rapper and he had a religious experience at the show but not in a good way. He says the pyro on the stage (Travis Scott’s nickname is ‘La Flame’) and the fact that people were dying all around him made this concert a vision of hell. He also explains that he got trapped earlier in the day and had to be pulled over a fence during Master P’s set. So when Travis Scott came on later, he refused to go into the crowd because he was afraid he’d be trapped. He later wound up pulling people over the barriers and into the VIP section. As you’ll see, the people in the VIP section weren’t too happy about having the people from the cheap seats invade their space. Some very NSFW language here.
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As the guy above predicted, it’s all over the news today:
Eight people died Friday night and hundreds of others were injured during the opening night of a popular weekend music festival at NRG Park, authorities said…
While the most deadly moments happened after 9:30 p.m., Peña said more than 300 patients total had been treated at a field hospital since the event began, including people who were hurt during the worst moments. While names and ages of the casualties weren’t known, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said one of the victims was 10-years-old.
Houston Fire Department and Harris County medics transported 23 people to hospitals, 17 of those patients were taken away during the worst of the ordeal, according to Peña, who also said CPR had to be performed on 11 of the victims. HFD had 55 units in-service for the festival, Peña said.
Finally, I went looking for Travis Scott’s music on YouTube to see what all the fuss was about. The first thing that popped up is the video for his brand new song titled “Escape Plan.”
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